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Adam Belz

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Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Adam:

Farmers see record $40B in aid, but many are uneasy accepting help

Aid has been lifeline, but "who wants to be dependent on government"? → Read More

Battle over southeast Minnesota dairy expansion drags on

The Land Stewardship Project was ordered to produce internal documents by Tuesday. → Read More

Sen. Tina Smith attacks challenger Jason Lewis over 1998 stance on farm subsidies

Smith, a Democrat who is defending her appointment to the Senate for the first time, is using the video to challenge Lewis with farmers, who tend to vote Republican. The two candidates are scheduled to meet for a virtual candidate forum on Tuesday as part of FarmFest. → Read More

Meatpacking production is nearly normal, but workers are still coping with COVID-19

More than 30,000 meatpacking workers nationally have fallen ill. At least 100 have died, with the lives of others upended or permanently altered. → Read More

Minneapolis gathering focuses on a future with a new type of police department

About 150 people brainstormed ideas at North Side park → Read More

Burned-out pharmacies leave a hole in Twin Cities neighborhoods

Pharmacies, and the controlled substances they hold, were a particular target for looting in last week's chaos, even far from Lake Street in Minneapolis and University Avenue in St. Paul, the hardest-hit areas. Swaths of the metro now have no open pharmacy for miles. → Read More

Coronavirus hit meat plants just as workers were being asked to speed up

Even as the outbreak began to force plants to temporarily close last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued granting permission to chicken processors to boost speeds by 25% on production lines. → Read More

Next to a vineyard in southwest Minnesota, a site for euthanized hogs

Tens of thousands of pigs have been euthanized in Minnesota in recent weeks thanks to the shutdowns of meatpacking plants after outbreaks of coronavirus among workers. The site where euthanized hogs are ground into compost in Nobles County is a wide open field across the road from a lakeside vineyard. → Read More

Land O'Lakes opens Wi-Fi spots to help rural broadband access

The hotspots allow students to finish homework and sick people to connect with medical facilities in a time of crisis. More important, it is a step forward for communities, says CEO Beth Ford. → Read More

Egg demand shifted, and 61,000 Minnesota chickens were euthanized

Contract egg farmer says his was one of five where the birds were killed early. → Read More

First COVID-19 case confirmed at pork plant in Worthington

The massive plant had taken steps to protect its 2,000 workers. → Read More

Sioux Falls plant closing is risk to pork supply, but plenty of others are open

The problem is far greater for farmers than consumers at this point. → Read More

Moratorium on large dairies proposed at Minnesota Legislature

The proposal comes amid fear that a handful of rapidly expanding dairies are hastening the exits of small dairies across the state and country. → Read More

A fraud case in South Dakota throws harsh spotlight on organic grain

The case is the second large-scale organic fraud case in the Midwest to attract federal prosecution in less than a year. → Read More

Bio-methane from cow manure could be a 'new gold rush' on the farm

Follow the StarTribune for the news, photos and videos from the Twin Cities and beyond. → Read More

The corn on the railroad track going viral on Facebook? It's real and in Crystal

The picture raced across social media, leading some to question its authenticity. → Read More

For tech-weary Midwest farmers, 40-year-old tractors now a hot commodity

Tractors built in 1980 or earlier cause bidding wars at auctions. → Read More

Minneapolis' Northern Coffeeworks looks to expand, add mobile coffee shop

The owners of Angry Catfish are roasting their own coffee, adding a new location in 2020 and rolling out converted vintage trailer for mobile coffee. → Read More

Organic grain complaint raises questions about major Argentine supplier

A complaint filed with federal regulators signals a new front in the fight against fraudulent grain. → Read More

In a terrible summer, another fear stalks Minnesota's corn farmers: an early frost

Heavy rains in the spring delayed planting and farmers need corn to stay in the ground as long as possible. → Read More